We’re educating and empowering patients during Fibroid Awareness Month
There are many causes of female infertility, and our Las Vegas fertility center team strives to raise awareness about all of them. July is Fibroid Awareness Month, so we’re taking time to share some information about fibroids and infertility. Read on to learn more about these benign uterine growths and how we can help if they interfere with your ability to have a baby.
Fibroids are a common condition among women
Uterine fibroids are benign, or non-cancerous, growths that appear in the uterus and sometimes the cervix. They are present in 20% of women of reproductive age, but they tend to be more common among Black women.
There are three primary types of fibroids, which have different names depending on their location within the body.
- Subserosal fibroids grow in the outer uterine wall.
- Intramural fibroids appear in the muscle of the uterine wall.
- Submucosal fibroids push into the uterus.
The amount, location and size of the fibroids you have will determine whether you have symptoms that require treatment.
Some women with fibroids may experience infertility
While most women with fibroids will not have fertility issues, about 5% to 10% of women struggling with infertility will have these growths. Women with fibroids are more likely to experience infertility if their fibroids are submucosal or very large intramural ones. Experts have found that these types of uterine fibroids can interfere with fertility in several ways.
- Change the shape of the cervix or the uterus
- Create fallopian tube blockages
- Impact the uterine lining and blood flow to the uterus
If you are having these issues, our Las Vegas fertility center wants you to know that we can help.
Find hope during Fibroid Awareness Month
If fibroids are making it hard for you to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term, our doctors can help. We’ll start by performing testing to make an accurate diagnosis. From there, we’ll work with you to develop a customized treatment plan. This plan may consist of medications or uterus-sparing surgery to remove the growths. With the right treatments, you can get on the path to parenthood during Fibroid Awareness Month.
Contact us if you would like to learn more about fibroids and infertility as well as treatment options. We look forward to helping you find relief and optimize your fertility.